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Countryside is pleased to announce that its planning application for an exciting new neighbourhood renewal scheme, in the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham, has been approved, subject to a Section 106 agreement being finalised. The site in Dagenham, known as Becontree Heath, covers three parcels of land on Wood Lane, near the Grade II listed, Art Deco Dagenham Civic Centre. The development will comprise 170 homes, alongside a replacement bus terminus and retail space for a local pharmacy.
The regeneration project is providing the local area with a mix of both market and shared ownership homes. With support from the Greater London Authority (GLA) for the project, Countryside submitted a plan that will provide 124 privately owned homes (comprising 82 apartments and 42 houses) and 46 shared ownership apartments. With a mix of one, two and three-bed apartments and three-bedroom houses, the development will attract a variety of London buyers.
Andy Fancy, Operations Director at Countryside Partnerships South said: “This site has been designated for a residentially led development to meet the growing demands for new homes locally. We have had an excellent response and great cooperation from the local community and London Borough of Barking and Dagenham during the consultation on this development. We believe that our plans for Becontree Heath will transform the area, whilst providing much-needed homes to the region and supporting new and existing communities."
“Through the development agreement, we will be upgrading the existing bus terminus and building retail space for a local pharmacy, to ensure that this is a neighbourhood that is well-served by local amenities and transport infrastructure.”
The successful application included connecting the entire development to the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham’s district heat network. This scheme delivers heat from an energy centre directly to the end user and captures power that may ordinarily be lost, in turn, lowering costs and reducing the scheme’s carbon footprint. This proposal spells excellent news for residents on the development.
The ambitious residential plans are part of a regeneration project that includes an appropriate mix of both market and shared ownership units; these homes aim to create a balanced, mixed community in Becontree Heath. After consultation with the community, improved pedestrian links, landscaping that includes play areas and parking provision are also part of the submission.
John East, Strategic Director of Growth and Homes at Barking and Dagenham Council comments: “Countryside put forward a high quality, well-designed scheme that will deliver much needed housing in the borough. This development forms an important part of the Council’s wider strategic ambitions for Heath Ward, with the landmark Becontree Heath Leisure Centre delivered in 2011 and the Coventry University campus at Dagenham Civic Centre opening to students this September.”